'Terra Nova' Recap: Season Finale
December 20th, 2011 2:20pm EST
The war between ‘Terra Nova’ and the future exploded (literally) in the two hour season finale where one reoccurring character even died!
Taylor and his team anticipate the arrival of the 11th pilgrimage. At the portal innocent pilgrims look shocked as they are welcomed by a suspicious army. Jim goes to greet the emerged Kara when a suicide bomber pops through the portal and unleashes an explosion, destroying the portal and knocking Jim out. The violent battle between Lucas’ employers and Taylor’s army is spared for our eyesight and instead we see the aftermath of the fight three days later when Jim wakes up at the infirmary looking extremely disorientated.
The Phoenix group, a secret military organization who has been dispatched by Lucas’ bosses, have invaded ‘Terra Nova’, leaving it in a terrible state. Liz sorts out Jim’s hearing problem, informing him that no one has heard from Taylor since the bomber attack. Jim arrives home to find a devastated Josh, blaming himself for Kara’s death.
Jim visits Washington at Boylan’s bar who confesses she had no choice but to surrender the colony as the Phoenix group had murdered twenty six innocent people. Washington explains that they were able to blow up the portal because they had brought a replica with them, which luckily had been snapped in half by a group of Carnos, so now Malcolm was fixing it.
On the hunt for more answers, Jim visits the infirmary and finds Malcolm working on the portal. Jim is angry that Malcolm gave in to the Phoenix organization, but Malcolm clarifies that they killed McCormack because he wouldn’t fix it, so he had no choice but to mend it so no more innocent blood would be spilled. Furthermore, his only way of fighting back against them is by working as slowly as possible to try and buy Jim some time to track down Taylor. Mira and co find Jim at the infirmary, where he pretends he is still delusional, so he can’t help locate Taylor.
Josh is eager to aid the resistance so Jim tells him to get his job back at Boylan’s bar as he might be able to overhear something interesting by the Phoenix soldiers. Liz removes a bullet from a soldier’s leg and notices there’s a strange number on it. She discovers that all the bullets from the explosion have the same numbers engraved on them. These are the map coordinates which will lead to Taylor!
A diversion created by a group of rebellious Terrian’s means Jim is able to slip onto a truck that the organization is taken outside the gate. Arriving at the destination, Jim listens to the group talking about how they are going to detonate bombs across the whole of prehistoric earth. Jim is able to hunt down Taylor and his soldiers, informing them of the Phoenix group’s plans. They race to where the first bomb is located and Riley is able to stop the bomb for igniting. Before Jim retreats back to camp, Taylor, like a true Commander, wisely states: “We won this round, but this ain’t over.”
The rebellions find a way of fighting back by placing tracking chips onto the members of the organization and their vehicles, meaning Taylor and co can ambush them when they’re outside the colony. Lucas meets with Skye at Boylan’s bar and he asks if Taylor ever forgave her for betraying him. Skye confesses that Taylor has not acknowledged her since the incident and Lucas admits that his father will never forgive her because he has never forgiven him for being born. Ouch! He creepily starts to touch Skye’s face and she pleads with him to stop, but he won’t. However, a tap on the shoulder and an almighty punch by Josh sure does the trick! Josh does give Lucas a good beaten before members of the Phoenix group are able to pull him back and Lucas gets his revenge. Skye races to the Shannon household and cries how Josh is being attacked. Jim puts up a cracking fight against the Phoenix members, but he is outnumbered and Lucas locks up the two Shannon’s.
Down in the holding cell, Josh is free to go, however, Lucas is adamant to find out where Taylor is and will do whatever is necessary to extract the information from Jim.
However, there is one more Shannon in this season finale who surprisingly goes all badass on us, a la, Elizabeth. The Doctor injects the leader of the Phoenix group with bugs that crawl into the brain. She will only give him the cure if he rescues Jim from imprisonment. Go Liz! The leader tells Lucas that they have found Taylor, so the math genius excitedly leaps out of the room, meaning a tortured Jim is able to escape. Arriving home, Liz injects the leader with the supposed cure which turns out to be a sedative; she had never injected him in the first place!
Taylor has sent out a convoy to rescue the Shannon family from the colony, but the Phoenix group are on red alert after Jim’s escape. Washington explains that she will distract the group so that the Shannon’s can leave the premises. Jim is unable to stop Washington from embarking on the suicide mission and as a final wish she asks Jim to remind Taylor about Chewlacham. The Shannon’s race through the gate when an explosion, detonated by Washington, takes place at the other side of the colony. The Phoenix group catch Washington and Lucas demands to know where the Shannon’s are. However, she refuses and is sadly shot in the head.
The next day Mira arrives back at the colony, after being sent out to find something at the Badlands. The leader tells Mira that she will be able to go back to 2149 once the portal has been repaired. Jim tells Taylor Washington’s message and the Commander explains that at one point they had been on an island and they were outnumbered 2:1. Their only way out was over a bridge, but they bombed it, trapping them on the island, because it means other enemies could not enter from the mainland. Chewlacham symbolizes the bridge and thus: the portal. They need to blow up the portal so that no more troops can come and destroy ‘Terra Nova’. Jim has to travel to the future through the portal to destroy Hope Plaza.
Skye joins with Lucas and the two drive to the now fixed portal to deliver the cargo from the Badlands to the future. However, en route, Skye confesses she might have a way of contacting Taylor. Lucas stops the truck and contacts a Phoenix soldier, informing him that someone else will take the cargo through the portal. However, it is all an elaborate set-up and Terra soldiers appear, tying Lucas up and switching the chip of his truck with the identical one that Jim is inside.
At the portal the chip on the truck is scanned and with everything cleared, Jim is able to return back to the future. However, Lucas secretly cuts through the ropes and attacks Skye. He tries to contact the soldiers at the portal to warn them, but interference levels are too high. Malcolm deliberately breaks the portal, meaning that Jim will return somewhere else near the portal.
In 2149, the bosses of the whole operation open up the supposed crate carrying something from the Badlands, but they actually unleashes Jim’s secret weapon: a dino! Havoc erupts with the dinosaur wreaking the whole plaza and killing some of the bosses. Jim races to the portal with the dinosaur hot on his heels. The dinosaur’s weight causes the bridge leading to the portal to collapse, but Jim is able to make it safely through in time.
Taylor confronts Lucas before he is able to reach the portal. The father and son fight and its obvious Taylor will win. With his son lying on the ground he says that his mother would be ashamed if she could she what Lucas has become. Lucas pleads for Taylor’s forgiveness, that it was his own fault that his mother died. Taylor is startled that his own son thinks it is his fault for his mother’s death. Lucas jumps up and hugs his father, who hugs him back. This could have been a cute forgiving moment if it wasn’t for Lucas drawing a knife and punching it into Taylor’s stomach. Psychotically he exclaims that Taylor should be begging him for forgiveness. Just before Lucas is able to plunge the dagger into his father’s heart, Skye shoots him twice with a gun and rushes in to help Taylor. However, it seems Lucas is immune to bullets as once Skye helps Taylor up, Lucas has disappeared.
That night, Boylan contacts Taylor explaining that the entire Phoenix group have headed up to the Badlands so it is safe for them to return to the colony. Although it is all cheers when the Shannon’s and the others arrive home, there is still one mystery to be solved: what did Mira collect from the Badlands? Taylor and co unload the truck and discover that what they found was the prow of a ship from the 18th century which has the design of a stone angel. Why did the Phoenix group leave to the Badlands the minute the portal was destroyed? How did the prow manage to travel back in time? Liz and Jim return to the household where they watch a meteor shower with their children, knowing that they are safe… for now!
Did you enjoy the season finale? Awakening questions suggest ‘Terra Nova’ could be renewed for another season, but should they end it there?
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